Paper Mache Dinosaur Cave

Dinosaur Paper Mache Cave Small World Play by Crayon Box Chronicles

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Junior Paleontologists, let’s venture deep into the Mesozoic Era, the ‘Age of Reptiles,’ with ferocious dinosaurs and a rough, rock-like paper mache cave and tunnels. Our dinosaur diorama explores the wild, prehistoric terrain of sensory materials and homemade goopy glue. We’re building a dinosaur cave using recycled jars and lids, coffee cans, and our easy-to-make paper mache glue for kids.  Open your reptilian, ‘terrible lizard’ imaginations and join us for dino-mite discoveries. Continue reading

Dinosaur Goo Game

Dinosaur I Spy Goo Game by Crayon Box Chronicles

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Can you find the Triceratops in the gooey-globby slime? Remember the green slime from Nickelodeon as a kid? Well, this is a clear version that stretches, pulls, and twists for sticky, gooey sensory fun! Let’s grab our magnifying glasses, put on our Paleontologists hats, and play the dinosaur goo name game! Continue reading

Mini-Volcano Eruption Craft

Mini-Volcano Eruption Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

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Watch out dinosaurs the volcano is erupting! What is foamy and bubbly, but not hot? It’s kid lava — baking soda and vinegar style. The chemical reaction between the to ingredients causes a frothy reaction — super science fun! Let’s get started on our erupting miniature volcano experiment!

Materials: (most things you’ll already have!)

  • Paper cup {Dollar Store—green}
  • Small plastic spray bottle, top removed {Dollar Store multi-pack}
  • Moss {Dollar Store}
  • Paper bowl
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cup
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors or knife {parent}
  • Markers or Paint
  • Safari LTD Dinosaurs

Volcano Eruption Recipe:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • Dish soap, few drops
  • Red Food coloring

What’s Next:

1.  Let’s start with the paper cup. We used green cups, so no need to color. But if you use white paper cups, paint or color green with markers. Next, flip the cup upside-down — color or paint the bottom rim red for the super hot lava! Using the cap of the plastic bottle as a guide, trace a circle in the center.  This is where the bottle will pop through. Using a knife or scissors {parent} cut two small slits.

Mini-Volcano Eruption Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

2.  Now let’s construct the volcano.  Place the small plastic bottle in the center of a bowl, spray cap removed.  Next, push the paper cup volcano base over the bottle allowing the mouth of the bottle to pop through.

Mini-Volcano Eruption Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

3.  Tape the volcano cup base down to the bowl to prevent shifting. Then add moss, small dinosaurs, and we’re ready to experiment!

Mini-Volcano Eruption Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

4.  The formula: 1 teaspoon baking soda {more if desired} + 1/2 cup vinegar + few drops of red food coloring {pre-mix the food coloring and vinegar} + a few drops dish soap = foamy science fun! Watch the chemical reaction as the components mix and the volcano erupts with foamy red lava! 

{note} We did it a few times with the 1/2 cup vinegar — if you’re only doing it once, you can use less.

Mini-Volcano Eruption Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Mini-Volcano Eruption Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

{Science Fact Alert!}

Why does baking soda and vinegar bubble, fizz, and froth? It’s a chemical reaction between the two that causes the bubbling. Baking soda is actually sodium bicarbonate, which has the chemical formula NaDCO3. Vinegar is acetic acid mixed with water and has the chemical formula CH3COOH. When the two chemicals are mixed together they produce the formula:


To see why the bubbling happens, we need to look at the last part of that equation. The H2CO3 is carbonic acid which very quickly breaks down into carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). The carbon dioxide is what causes the bubbling and foaming when baking soda and vinegar are mixed.  Fact Source

Mini-Volcan Eruption Craft by Crayon Box Chronicles

The kids had a blast today at play group! We did it again at home and C loved it — so focused!  Don’t try to eat it! He learned the hard way! *To my dear friend Dara — thank you for your hard work today supplying the craft — ♥ all your wonderful ideas! 

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Dinosaur “Scaly” Paper Plate

Dinosaur Paper Plate by Crayon Box Chronicles

Rawr! Meet our scaly Brachiosaurus dinosaur! He’s super fun to make and a great sensory experience.

  • 2 paper plates
  • tempura paint (colors of choosing)
  • kid scissors
  • white glue
  • black marker
  • green lentils
1.  Let’s start by cutting the plate.  First, cut one plate in-half to make the body of the dinosaur.
2.  Next, cut the rim or outside of the plate of the half you’re not using, it will be the neck of the dinosaur.  Use the plate scraps to cut an oval shape, it will be the head.  Set aside.
3.  Next, cut the rim or outside of the second paper plate.  Use the rim as the legs and tail of the dinosaur, cut into pieces.  I cut small triangles out of the feet for the claws!
4.  Now you’re ready to glue. Glue all pieces together, set aside to dry.
5.  Next, it’s time to paint.

Dinosaur Scaly Paper Plate by Crayon Box Chronicles

 6.  While it’s wet, add white glue, a lot of glue!

Dinosaur Scaly Paper Plate by Crayon Box Chronicles

7.  Add lentils and allow to dry.  Tip: We used a lot of lentils, so to prevent them from falling off, I added a heavy layer of glue over the lentils with a sponge brush once the lentils dried.
8.  Finally, using a black marker add an eye and mouth. Watch your child’s imagination soar –  RAWR!!

Dinosaur Scaly Paper Plate by Crayon Box Chronicles

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Dinosaur Sponge Paper

Dinosaur Sponge Paper by Crayon Box Chronicles

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Let’s create our own paper today using sponges! C and I are always exploring new ways to play with dinosaurs! The options with sponges are endless — hearts, christmas trees, bells, ghosts, shapes, clovers, bunny ears, eggs.  If you can cut it out of a sponge, you can make it! Continue reading

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art by Crayon Box Chronicles

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RAWR!! Does your child love dinosaurs? With C’s obsession with dinosaurs, I’m always trying to create new ways to explore dinosaur play and this was defiantly rip-roarin’ fun! I love crayons and he loves dino’s — it was a hit! Let’s dig into our crayon boxes and recycle all those crayon stubs, broken bits, or new crayons into melted crayon art — dino style!   Triceratops and Brachiosaurus make a beautiful art piece, especially when the sunlight hits them! Continue reading